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whether it can withstand the strategy its politicians seek to impose remains to be seen. ♪ this is al jazeera hello. welcome to the news hour. i am jane dutton live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, after 400 days behind bars in egypt, one of our journalists, peter greste has been freed. al jazeera continues to demand the release of the other two jailed journalists. >> strikes again, the army managed to repel antac in maiduguri. running for cover people in eastern ukraine hide from the
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fighting in make- shift shelters. plus the man who gave birth to the contraceptive pill dies. we look at the revolutionary impact of this little tablet. we begin with the breaking news out of egypt. one of our journalists, peter greste has been freed from prison after 400 days mind bars. and et cetera in good health. he was arrested alongside our colleagues who remain behind bars. al jazeera continues to demand their release. the three journalists were falsely accused of coludding with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. a short while ago, the network issued this media release. al jazeera has said that the campaign to free its journalists in egypt listened end until all three have been released. peter greste is on his way out of the country after 400 days in detension.
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the other two remain behind bars. network says hey all three have to be exonerated and the other journalists tried in absentia have to be lifted. the acting director general of the access immediate media network, we are mrooetsdz for peter and his family they are to be reunited. it has been an incredinalble and unjustifiable ordeal for them. peter integrity is not just intact but further enhanced by the fortitude and sacrifice he has shown for his profession of informing the public. we will not rest until baher and mohammed regain their freedom. the egyptian authorities have it in their power to release them today. >> that's exactly what they must do. imran khan reports. >> reporter: of this the most rebate protest against the detention of al jazeera staff in egypt. at the end of december, marking a year since their arrest
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journalists rallied in london and around the world. sydney, the hague, sarajevo. it had been a year offing a me for the families of the men. peter greste's family were in cairo hoping for his release by christmas. he is a giving. it was quite difficult just to say goodbye and to leave him for the rest of the day knowing that, you know it's not the best place to be. >> no one expected it to go on this long. >> i believe there is a misunderstanding and it needs to be corrected. so, i am still hopeful and still fighting with mohammed for his freedom. >> the arrests of peter greste on december 29th, 2013 were initially assumed to be
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short-lived, a mistake over media accreditation. it became clear the egyptian authorities under the new government of abdullah he will fatta he will sisi had other intentions. >> those who no greste could make little sense of the charge that he was somehow linked to what the government described as terrorists. the same could be said of his colleagues. by mid january much of the international media was demanding their release. the hash tag, freeajstaff went viral. respected journalists said the treatment of al jazeera employees was a threat to the entire journalistic community report from egypt. the trial failed to produce credible evidence. there was footage found on their laptops including sheep herding and news clips from a different channel entirely. adjournment after adjournment followed. in june, the members of the jury were convicted and jailed.
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the lowest point of a desperate year for all involved. world leaders including president obama denounced the court rule but the egyptian government stood behind it, arguing it had not been a political decision and it was up to the appeals process what should happen next. in november hopes were raised with the passing of a new law allowing president sisi to intervene to deport foreign nationals. on january 1st was the egypt's highest court threw out the convictions and ordered a retrial. after 400 days, peter greste is continued but it will continues for homed and baher. >> we spoke to the managing director for al jazeera english. here is what he had to say about greste's release: >> we are immensely relieved peter is out of detention, that peter is currently on his way with his brother home to be reunited with his family. i would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to
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his family and our colleagues for their families for the strength and resilience they have demonstrated for this extraordinary amount of time for this extraordinary injustice meted out to him. there is an irony today, no celebration in the release of an innocent man. peter a wonderful journalist guilty of nothing about from carrying out the best journalism in the world and yet, has spent 400 days behind bars. so, i am mentionly relieved. the other thing we have to focus on today is that baher and mohammed are still behind bars the same injustice being the world's best journalists amongst the world's best journalists. 400 days they are still behind bars. seven other of our colleagues sentenced to 10 years in abstentia outside of egypt. and they are still sentenced today. the solidarity the support demonstrated on behalf of peter, bahar and mohammed has been i am mention from politicians, from
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the media right around the globe, from hundreds of thousands of people who care about is their their right to be informed who care about the freedom of speech and they care about the fact that they have a right to be heard. >> solidarity and support has been i am mention. we are extremely, extremely grateful for it. in a way, we cannot rest until the injustice is brought to an end. we are immensely relieved today. >> let's move on to other news now. the mynigerian army has driven out fighters from borno state but fighting is underway around the town of mafa. the attack on maiduguri comes two with weeks before national elections and after the african if union said it will send in a force to fight the armed group. let's go to at a time capital, abuja. tell us about the fighting that's been going on today and the successes by the army. >> well the fighting started
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around 2:00 o'clock gmt, and the military in collaboration with vigilantes and what is significant in today's incidents is that thousands much youth did mobilized themselves to support the military and vigilantes. so the fighting started on four fronts as the boka haram fighters were trying to take maiduguri because of strategic importance. it is the birthplace of the sect and it is a place they coveted for a long time. taking it would be very important. after hours of battle between the military civilians and boka haram on one side they were sufblings driven out of the capitol of born 0 state as we hear now the military have chased them in the bushes towards mafa and there has been a lot of fighting going on in that area and the employee is in large number to mop up the organization in that area. >> tell us how this is playing out politically because, of
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course, the elections are coming up very soon. we know there is an important debate between two of thecial candidates. what's been said? >> well violence the boka haram violence in the north of the country has been the dominant theme until this year's elections. then you have the issue of the economy, security and other issues. now, most of the candidates who spoke earlier today because there are three segments running t that of vice president candidates. two completed and the other started now that is featuring the vice president of nigeria and three other candidates. however, the vice president of the opposition candidate refused to participate. the opposition candidates refused to participate. the main opposition the all-progressive congress refused to participate because they say they won't get a fair deal because the debate is ooringd by a group of broadcasters largely owned by government and allies
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of the present government. nigerians are expecting to see a robust debate talking about issues affecting nigeria. everybody is concerned about security. everybody is concerned about the rate of corruption in the country and other ills in nigeria. unfortunately, this may not happen unless of course in the next one week or so all of the candidates have agreed to appear in terms of the presidential candidates agree to appear again before the nation to address these issues of national television. >> thanks for that akmed. two bomb attacks haveno rocked gombe city. the first blast hit a busy market shortly afterwards a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up at a military checkpoint. earlier this week the proofance of diala was declared liberated from the clutches of is ill but reports started emerging of a massacre carried out by shia malitias against unarmed villagers. jane arraf reports from baghdad.
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a warning that some viewers may find the report disturbing. >> bodies of young men on the ground after survivors say shia militia raided barla. they weren't killed in fighting. they were shot in the head at close range. some had their hands tied. families frantic searched for their husbands sons and brothers. hassan, where are you, a man cries? and then he tells his mother he has found him. human rights watch says it's unclear how many were killed but says it appears to have been a massacre survivors say is started when iraqi security forces told villagers to come to the mosque to get food. from there, they say, groups of men were taken away and shot by militia members. this survivor now in a nearby city tells us the men went willingly at first. >> the army took our identification and then gathered us together. then we saw the other forces
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all dressed in black and they opened fire. >> there are few prisoners in this fight against is ill. in diala, shia militia fighting with iraqi sunni sforsz believe sunnis have supported this group in this village of smyra, houses and the mosque were left in ruins after fighting last week between iraqi forces and is ill. shia militia leaders said after the battle they had liberated the remainder of diala held by the group. one survivor told us by phone he and the others ran to the fields and hid in the mud all night after they opened fire in berlana. he said the village is still surrounded and running out of food. iraq's prime minister is trying to contain the fallout. he told the national conference that those responsible would be punished. >> those who are conducting killings and assaults on property in areas liberated from is ill are no less dangerous
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than terrorists. >> the government is under pressure to prove it's under controlled and not it's shia militia partners. >> iraqi government forces along with the kurds and shia malitias have taken back a lot of territory from is ill over the last few months. some of the fiercest fighting is in the most volatile areas of iraq along those fault lines of ethnic rivalry and sectarian ambition. it's left the iraqi government grappling with how to win a war against is ill and still keep the country intact. jane arraf, al jazeera, baghdad. eight people have been killed by barely bombs in the city of aleppo. activists say syrian government war planes dropped the bombies on the cities nadeen district. search team look for missing people. an explosion in the syrian cam camtol left seven people dead. it happened in the center of damascus at the interest of the humdia market t reports suggest
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it was an improvised explosive device placed on a bus. device placed on a bus. from time to time primary shinzo abe has condemned the act calling it an act of heinous terrorism? >> shock, sadness for kinji goto's family. gathering after the prime minister's office after they found out the veteran reporter
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had most likely been murdered by the islamic state of iraq in the levant. >> he always hoped to make the place place without any wars and it to save children. i promise to carry out his legacy. >> earlier, prime minister shinzo abe said it was most likely real. >> we are deeply saddened by this despicable and hor endous terrorism. we deannouncements it in the strongest terms. to the terrorists, we will never, never forgive you for this act. >> kenji goto had gone into syria last year partly to help rescue another national who had been taken by is ill. he has likely been killed. >> he made it clear he computer risks.
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some people feel the killing much two japanese people by is ill in a week will change perceptions in japan. >> unfortunately, i think this incident will further degrade the islamic image in japan and this is a real tragedy because the hostage crisis in the -- and the terrorism going on northern iraq and syria has little to do with islam and much more to do with extremism. >> some people in the islamic community are worried about a backlash but say it's unlikely given minorities are well treated in japan. >> i hope there will be no misunderstanding because what happened what we heard this morning on the news it has nothing to do with islam. >> but the news of the death of two japanese nationals within two weeks has made an impact. it's already greatly affected some people here caroline malone, al jazeera. >> the jordanian government has released a statement condemning the killing. the statement also talks about a jordanian pilot captured by is
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ill. it says jordan has made all efforts to save kenji goto's life and ensure his release. we have been continuously communicating with the japanese government on this matter. we are making all efforts to find evidence that the jordanian pilot is safe and to ensure his release to jordan. anti-russia protests have taken place in the ukrainian capitol. demonstrators placed 30 crosses in front of the russian embassy in kiev. they say it's in protest against an attack in the eastern city of mariupol last week which killed 30 people. the violence in eastern ukraine shows little sign of letting up. 13 soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours. they were fighting pro-russia separatits across eastern ukraine. the town has been a seen of particularly intense fighting as charles stratford reports. >> reporter: they run for cover clutching shopping bags.
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what sound like artillery and mortars are landing close by. it was unclear whether the separatists or the ukrainian military fired first. we are in the town of yanakova. there has been a lot of incoming shelling the last few minutes. it's still going on. the streets are deserted and those people who can are hiding in placements. under this block of flats, we find alexander and his young family. it is cold and damp and the sound of the shelling reverb rates through the cement walls. >> we constantly have to come down here because of what's going on. we can see what's happening now. how can we stay in our apartment? during a lull in the firing we had head further into town where we heard shells landing.
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relatives. only minutes before the house they lead her to a neighbor's home. medics arrive to treat her. >> i live alone. i was sitting in the corner. the force of the blast has smashed the windows of this home embedded in the walls above bed. >> why are they kelilling us? why? >> outside, another neighbor as from her damaged house. how can they possibly do this? what am i to do now? i don't know what to do. i think i just saw my own death. >> the repeated failure of truce negotiations means this community and many others are
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crossing ukrainian army controlled territory will have to continue to live in fear. as we drive out of town separatists' heavy weapons pass us heading towards the front line. charles stratford, al jazeera, yanakava eastern ukraine. >> greek and french finance ministers have met in paris. i believe they are still sta talking. the first meeting since the left-wing party took power in grease last month. they have a picture now. the french finance minister says his country will help grease find a solution to its economic woes. the new greek finance calls for a fresh approach to debt repayment. >> my concern as a european first is that present bail out program is costing the rest of europe not just us too much. we are interested in minimizing the losses to our partners.
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>> let's talk to john seropoulos about what he is trying to achieve with this trip john. >> you just heard the greek finance minister. he is staying very much on message and being very consistent with what he has said here in agentins and before this government was elected, which is that the program isn't working either for greece or for creditors in the european union. what he is seek to go do in paris and tomorrow in london and in rome on tuesday is to start a new, upgraded dialogue a better channel of communication with creditors because what he feels is that by restricting its communication to the financial inspectors, its creditors sentence here to athens for years, the greek side isn't really able to question larger aspects of the program. it isn't able to question the logic of the program and its vooibltty.
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because he wants a new agreement, he feels that he's got to talk to his counter parts in europe if possible in all of the eurozone current trees. now, this of course has created some reverbrations in europe. when the eurozone chairman jerome dicenbloom visited athens on friday he was also faced with a very unexpected declaration that we no longer want the troika here in athens which came of something as a shock. >> is very much what he has been saying all along. this is nothing new really. >> siryrizasyriza. >> how are greeks viewing the new government? >> the greeks are adopting a wait-and-see approach. some people who voted for syriza are happy with it coming through. others who didn't vote for sit have given it the benefit of the doubt ziptsipras.
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that was within the script of the syrzia freely platform. i think what greeks are waiting for is to see some sign of support from the rest of europe some sign that they are not entirely on their own, and that has been forthcoming. the french finance machine sister said earlier today that france is willing to talk about an extension of the debt not a writedown, not an outright discount but an extension. and he >> like other finance ministers has said that grease does need to stay within the euro zone and has no future outside of it. so you can read that as an early sign of support. but i think at this point, the europeans are waiting for the greek government to submit a rather more comp prehence -- comprehensive plan how the greeks will create the growth that they want detrepayment to
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be contingent upon. they are not expressing other thoughts other than good will toward grease as yet. >> plan has been constructed, being tinkered with at the moment and we expect it to be submitted at the level of the euro zone the euro group some point in the coming weeks. >> thank you for that john. people have flailed hong kong in the first major demonstration sys mass protests last year. they want to choose the territory leadership in the 2017 election. sarah clark reports from hong kong. >> unlike the last protests this rally wasn't just for students. this was a civil movement united under it's symbol the umbrella. >> because freedom of speech in hong kong is shrinking. i will do whatever i can. >> the really started in the busy shopping district of causeway bay before people marched five kilometers back to where last year's protest began.
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traffic was stopped and police were on stand by with up to 10,000 people reclaimed the streets in the heart of hong kong's city center. >> occupy hong kong ended a while ago. so this is a chance to reunite the people. >> organizers say this demonstration shows there is still support for their campaign for greater voting rights in the 2017 elections. >> more people involved in the demonstration to show the search and urge the government to solve the argument and in society. >> china is standing by its sink screen all candidates for the chief executively. >> decision triggered two and a half months of protests last year in and this rally avoided a repeat of those violent confrontations but the complaint remains the same. so we are telling the hong kong government and the hong come people that we need change the current constitution and reform
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plan. >> this is the first rally of the new year but after two rounds of public consultation failed to find common ground protesters say demonstrations like this one may now be the only way to put pressure on the city's government. sarah clark, al jazeera, hong kong. >> still to come a medical milestone for the developing world, doctors in india carry out a successful double hand transplant. plus:. >> in venice where two trademarks, carnivale and high tide happen on the same day. >> in support, djokovic wins a record australian open title.
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al jazeera continues to demand their release. the nigh jiverian army has driven out fighters from borno state but fighting is underway in the town of fafa. two weeks before national elections and a day after the african union announced it would send in a regional force to fight the armed group. a new greek finance minister says he doesn't want new loans. france says the new greek government has legitimate debt concerns that need to be addressed. more now on the breaking news. the release of our colleague, peter greste, tom, the executive district director of canadian journalists joins us from toronto. thank you for joining us. what's your response to this news? >>? >> it's fantastic. it's great to see that peter is going to get out of prison. of course, we are still very concerned about mohammed fahmy.
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and baher mohammed. we are hearing there is a good chance fahmy will be released once he revolks his egyptian citizen. we would hope he would not have to do. but the most important is getting him out of jail. >> do you think your government has done enough in pushing for his release? could they have done more do you think? >> that's tough. we fought with our government a lot through this process. it was difficult to get them fully involved. we still have been unable get them to publically call for the release of these journalists. they say that they have been doing things through the back channel. john baird did go over to egypt on a trip and apparently pushed for fahmy's release while he was there. whether that happened what they have been doing in the background, we really don't know. their very secretive about that. >> behind the reluctance that you put forth?
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>> that's been a complete mystery to us because obviously, the aggressive pushing for peter greste's release by the australian government has led to being secured. when two canadian citizens were jailed before fahmy, when they were jailed in egypt, they were released within months because our government pushed so hard to get them out of jail. so why they haven't pushed for fahmy's release in the same way, don't understand. it's been extremely frustrating. the only thing that comes to mind is the dual citizenship issue which, as far as we are concerned, should not have anywhere impact on this whatsoever but i don't know. i don't know what our government's thinking. >> so peter greste is out. >> that's news and hopefully colleagues will be following shortly. do you think this will make any sort of positive impact on the freedom of the press in places like egypt and in the way that journalists have been treated around the world?
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>> i think it shows that egypt wants to have the appearance of a free press. there are still a dozen other journalists in jail in the country who don't have the same kind of international attention that these men have and there are still hundreds of political prisoners in jail and they have executed hundreds of political prisoners. so i mean they have also forced journalists to sign basically pledges of allegiance to the government. the idea of the release of these men lead to go a real free press in egypt, there is a lot more that that government needs to do in order for them to really have a true right to free expression in the country. but this is a step in the right direction certainly. it just makes me wonder what's going to happen to those people who don't have the eyes of the international community on them. >> good point. tom, thank you very much for talking to us. >> many of the people who fled
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the islamic
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kobane. >> controls the villages where many refugees live and where the fighting is ongoing. kobane is in ruins. the border is closed to civilians. turkey opened a more permanent settlement on the outskirts of the town. this camp has opened doors recently. it's the biggest yet in the country. bothtie and kurdish officials say it's too early for civilians to cross back into kobane for safety reasons. despite the wishes of many of the refugees they will have to stay here for a while. there are 7,000 tents for up to 35,000 people. it has a playground and will soon open two schools for 10,000 children. people are already settling in but the mood is as great as the
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weather. >> even if we had to live in a tent there, it's bed better. at least back home we would save our dignity. this is not our country. it's not our land. i am a foreign here. >> like many here, the basari family ran out of might have. live nag camp is the only choice. >> i have my home a car and a truck. i own 20 hectares of land. i have barley and lentils. we had to leave this behind. >> i did not take anything with me except a cot for our child. we are all in this situation. >> moving to the catch a few days after the recapture of kolane has left many people here deeply disappointed. they wonder if it will take weeks, months or even years before their return home. their cars are still parked along the border where they left them waiting for the day when they can return to kobane the day that the their lives as ref
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refugees will end t in turkey. >> neighboring iraq the unated nations says 1,705 iraqis were killed in acts of terrorism and violence in january. 790 of them were civilians while the remaining 585 were members of the iraqi army. more than 2200 were wounded. the capitol baghdad was worst affected with 256 civilians killed last month. according to the u.n. last year was the deadliest in iraq since 2008. the u.n. secretary general special representative from iraq joins from the sawedee capitol, riyadh. talk united states through these stag staggering numbers. why so much higher than the year before? >> good evening, jane. it's a tough trend indeed. the numbers are rising. there is an explanation for that and that is that the fighting continues between the iraqi forces and the islamic state.
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this fight something now entering into new areas and had previously been under the control of is ill have now been is ill has been pushed back in some places. and therefore, there have been an increasing number of clashes. this is quite visible ins plays like kirkuk. we have seen the rise of casualties? prove incidents like dyala where there have been clashes that need to be investigated by the government and that could cost the lives of a number of civilians. this trend can be reverse did if the islamic state is pushed back more quickly by the iraqi forces and international coalition and security is brought to the areas that have been liberated from is ill allowing people to return back to homes. this is the top priority i think at this point. >> obviously, if you get all inclusive policies affecting all of the iraqis because we have seen so many revenge killings
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sectarian killings unfolding before us every day. >> indeed since the very beginning of this conflict we have been consistently saying it is not just the military solution that needs to be a political solution that allows people to feel integrated into the iraqi state. good news perhaps on this front is that the government which is inclusive in policies has put forward a substantial program of political action and legal reform that should allow people to fillmore included in the iraqi state. the un itsed nations is the implementation of that program. >> will allow people to understand their future lies with the government of iraq and a government that is inclusive, representative of all of the communities and that moves forward on the very very comprehensive agenda of national reconciliation. this is the political priority now in baghdad and it is encouraging to see the political
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leaders and religious leaders across the board understand that this is the way forward for the country rather than division rather than sectarianism. >> sure. good having you talk us through your report nikolai. thank you. the man widely considered the father of the birth control pill has died in the united states, age 91. austrian born doctor best known for in 1951 developed a synthetic chemical that became the key component. "the pill" has radically reformed sexual practices in women's lives and estimated 108 million women are taking it worldwide. he published more than 1,200 scientific papers in addition to inthes sizing steroids he made pioneering advances in understanding how nature makes molecules known as bio synthesis. joining me a gp and
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gynecologist. i should imagine this man has had a dramatic impact on the way you work. >> yes indeed. >> how important was the development of the pill from what you see? i mean when you sit in your rooms and you write out a prescription what sort of impact is it having on that person? >> for that person it is giving them control over their fertility, which is one of the biggest things that a woman can have in terms of her health and her career. so, i think without it women's place in society would be very different these days. >> how has it helped when it comes to health and obviously stopping unwanted pregnancies? >> it is -- as you say, it stops some unwanted pregnancies. what that means as the pill came on there were a lot less illegal abortions. so women were a lot safer and women generally taking the pill seem to live a little bit longer because it presents things like
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ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer so it's helpful women's health all around really. >> seeing this on a daily basis and how it can help women, as you put the it, do you understand how the church possibly has issues with the pill, the fact that it may lead to more promiscuity? >> i think that's been an issue ever since the pill was invested and that discussion still goes on. but i think personally for a woman to be able to control her fertility really matters. >> and what next from this sort of finding? where do you think we will be in 10 years from now? >> in terms of contraception? >> yes. >> the pill is still one of the most popular forms of contraception but there are an awful lot of others now available that have different roles for different people. so, i think there will be a continuation of evolving different kinds much contraception contraception, but the pill will probably be -- remain a fairly
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important one of the options that women have. >> good having you talk to us on al jazeera, stephanie dejojo. >> thank you sglirnling. surgeons performed a double hand transplant, the first in the country. they say that's significant because countries with mae people below the poverty line have a high number of amputees. kim vannel reports. >> two weeks after surgery, mono is back on his feet and making history with his hands. he hasn't got complete feeling yet. so some tasks are a little awkward. bur his rehabilitation is being mon towards and being able to feed himself now is life changing progress. >> after i lost my hands, i was very scared and now i am happy that my hands have been operated on and restored and i can do all of my regular activities. >> mano was thrown out of a running train trying to stop a group of men accosting a
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twenty surgeons spent. it's important because the developing world has a high number of amputeas. countries at war often have land mines and bomb attacks. those in poor country where medical resources are scarce face a far bigger risk of infection and disease. >> the big advance is that it is cheaper to perform a developing country than what it has so far
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cost elsewhere that will certainly show the world it is feasible. >> indian surgeons say there is another reason the surgery is significance. skin color, which is important, because if a donated hand changes color, that means its being rejected. >> this is the first time a hand transplant is done and probably the first where a hand transplant has been done in non-white skin. so we had to have to document the very thing so that it will be a lesson for the world. >> a lessthon young man is thankful fobto be a part of. kim vannel al jazeera. still ahead on the newshour in sport, we will tell you who has been crowned 2015 world handball champion.
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>> fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines no refuge: children at the border let's go to sport? >> super bowl sunday the biggest day in u.s. sports. in a few hours time the new england patriots will play the seattle seahawks in the university of phoenix stadium in arizona. over 100 million people are expected to watch on television. a last minute ticket could sitet you back over $11,000 on the internet. it has been a rough season for the n.f.l. plagued by off-field scandal and suspected cheating. live to our reporter rob reynolds not far from where the action will happen. rob, why is it that despite the
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controversy, the super bowl and the n.f.l. remains the giant it is? >> well sana simply that the nfl and professional football al tremendously iconic brand and pastime in the united states. people dedicate their weeks to watching football. there are very passionate fans here there have been scandals this year including domestic abuse scandal involving a player a child abuse scandal involving a player and then a possible potential alleged cheating or irregularity scandal involving the new england patriots and under inflated faults but it would take a lot more than that really to do more than just barely dent the popularity of this support in the united states. >> let's talk how much money is involved in a game like this? >> you know it is almost impossible to count, sana.
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as far as tickets, face value for a ticket is about 800 to $1,900 but the average ticket soldiers sold by a broker in this joint stadium is going for more than $10,000. you want to talk about advertising? $360 million until television as boughts. the ads actually cost for 60 seconds, $4.5 million. a lot of money for a minute on the air. and then if you throw in the amount that's wagerred on this gambling, both in legal gambling through las vegas and other places as well as informal betting and the amount of beer that's going to be sold today, i think it's almost incal duelable. >> you can hear background music there. i know it's a few hours to the game. how is the hatatmosphere like? >> it's really really wild. there are people all over the city wearing it team colors seattle colors and new england
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colors dressed like pea patriots and seahawks and there are a variety of parties going on all over the greater phoenix area and a lot of informal parties as well and the city has put on huge tents and sort of attractions and, also the city is carefully monitoring traffic patterns and sending out extra police officers to make sure that everything goes well. tas festive party carnival the sort of mardi gras atmosphere here. >> thank you very much for that. four times champions reaching the semifinals beating guinea 3-nil. ghana are aiming to win for the first time since 1992. it tooks fourteen minutes into the match thanks to christian natsu. they doubled their advantage before the break. same for guinea in the 66 minute
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scoring the winner sending the black stars to the 5th consecutive semifinal. ghana will take on democratic republic of congo. ivory coast face the top flight algeria in the last of the quarterfinals. now the the 2015 world champions have been decided with france beating qatar in the final. the current european and olympic champions took the lead early. while qatar had chances, they couldn't capitalized, france winning 25 to 22. they are the first team to win the world title five times. now, we go live to our reporter richard parr in the sports arena. qatar made history by making this final but the european domination of hand ball continues. >> reporter: yes. you are right, sana. it's been an amazing run by qatar, the first ay an team to get beyond the quarterfinals. they beat austians german and
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policy land to reach the final but they were beaten by arguably the greatest hand ball team in history, france. france winning 25-22 here in la salle. it means not only the world champions but the olympic and european champions compete in the triple crown. they are the only nation ever done that. it's the second time for france. this tournament has been a successful for qatar, 15 ,000 fans were here in lasalle to see the handball. previously they had had musical acts trying to boost ticket sales and interest. but today was all about the hand ball. unfortunately qatar weren't able to win it but they faced a very very strong team. >> richard parr live in doha thank you very much for that. >> tennis now djokovic has won a record 5th australian open title, the world number 1 was taking on andy murray for the final time having won the
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previous previous. tiebreakers werew needed to separate the pair. djokovic ran away with it after that. he took the match 76, 6-3, 6-love, 8th granted slam in total. >> i think he has a deeper meaning, more intrinsic value now to my life because i am a father and a hundreds. so, it's a first grands slam title i have won as a father and a husband. i just feel very very proud of it. >> australia was once a dominant figure in global tennis. it's been 39 years since a local has lifted the trophy at home with declining figures and tennis disappearing there are some fears the glory days will remain in the past. here is more. another year. it has been 10 years since an australian has played in a women or men event. you have to go back further to
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find the last australian to have won the open. that was mark edmonds that was mark edmonds simply not enough people are playing tennis. in 2002, eight % of 18 to 24-year-olds registered players. >> has gone down to six % in 2005. to just 3% in 2012. however, there is hope. this year's open saw 19-year-old nick kiosk reach the
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quarterfinals, the first time an australian has done that since leighton hewitt in 2005. the white city tennis club in sidney is almost a symbol of the decline of australian tenniss, built in 1922, it hosted five davis cup finals and used to be the home of the sydney international international in 2000 but a lack of funding in recent years has scene the once iconic venue fall into accident disrepair. the owners saying they want to redevelop the site with a new multi-sport facility and say tennis will play a large part in that facility. [the support can remain accessinal to all in this country, maybe australia's long wait for a singles champion could be comeing to an end. al jazeera, sydney. >> there is more on our website. that's it for me jane. >> thanks for that. there is more on this newshour as well. high tides in venice haven't
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damp ended spirits. claudia is there and has this report. >> reporter: high spirits and high water on the day carnival and sloven came together. the carnivale of venice with a traditional parade of costumes but they were caught by surprised by another venitian spectacle. >> there is one other event outside from carnivale typically ven etian. on sunday venus got both ven in this not a little bit of water that is stopping venitians from partying. sunday's show started with a pianist flying over the lagoon a grand piano for a grands opening. >> nothing can stop us water, air, from enjoying life.
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>> typical boats from gondolas to water taxis took part but main atracks were as always the great masc did and the lavish costumes. >> food is like carnivale. it's a celebration of life. >> the first can valuee in venus was held in the 13th century as a street party for the lower classes. hidden behind the mask rich and poor looked equal even if just for a few days. for the next few days it will be less about hiding behind the mask and more about dressing to impress. claudio langa, venus. >> there is a lot of color, too, if you want to look at our website on those stories that are dated 24 hours a day. also have the latest on the release of our one journalist, peter greste over to london. there with the next bulletin.
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